James Murnane

M, b. circa 1772
Father*Thomas Murnane b. circa 1744, d. March 10, 1792
Mother*Ellen _____ b. circa 1761, d. November 1, 1821
     James Murnane was born circa 1772 in County Limerick. He was the son of Thomas Murnane and Ellen _____. James Murnane married Catherine Flinn on March 4, 1810 in Knocklong in the Parish of Knocklong and Glenbrohane, County Limerick. Witnesses were Patrick Fox and William Flynn.1,2
     Thomas' sons, James and Phillip, erected a memorial to their parents in Hospital sometime after the death of their mother in 1822. The tombstone in the Hospital cemetery reads:

Erected by James & Philip
Marnane of Dromcomogue
in memory of their father
Thomas Marnane who dep[art]ed
this life March 10th, 1792, aged 48
Also his wife Eln [sic] Marnane
[who] dep[art]ed this life Nov 1st, 1821, aged
60 years
Requiescat in Pace. Amen.

In 1996, Dennis and Trisha Day visited Ireland in search of Denny's Murnane relatives. Having received information from the parish priest in Emly that his g-grandmother Johanna had been born in Dromcomogue Township near Emly, Denny and Trisha serendipitously pulled off the road into a farmyard where they were met by Jimmy and Maria Ryan (and their very protective dog). When Denny asked if they had ever heard of any Murnanes in the area, Jimmy's eyes lit up.

James Murnane, Johanna's father, had lived on the farm just up the road and the ruins of his old house still stood there. Jimmy indicated that James had built a stone house (picture below) and was a prosperous farmer in the area. Sometime after the Famine, however, he had been evicted by his landlord, John Ryan Esq. (of Scarteen House and the home of the famous black and tan hunting dogs). After the eviction, Jimmy's grandfather had taken James in and allowed him to build a mud wall cabin in a small corner of the farmyard (where we stood talking). James supported himself by coopering barrels and general blacksmithing.

At this point, while Maria served tea, Jimmy disappeared into a shed. When he returned, he carried a tool which he explained was a "driver" that was used to drive the steel rings down over the staves of a barrel (picture below). Since there had been no blacksmiths in his family, he concluded that the tool must have belonged to James Murnane.

The cabin where James Murnane had lived stood until only recently and there was a field beyond it that was still known today as "Murnane's field" (picture below).

Lastly, Jimmy indicated that there were other Murnanes living in the area, three brothers or cousins, all blacksmiths and who all died childless.

Child of James Murnane and Catherine Flinn


circa 1834In 1834, Jame Murnane was listed in the Tithe Applotment book for the Township of Drumcomogue. Very near him lived a Michael Murnane, possibly his brother.Dromcomogue in the Parish of Emly, County Tipperary3
September, 1848The survey of the Parish of Emily for Griffith's Valuation of Ireland was conducted on this date although the volume containing the information would not be published until 1851. It indicates that James had a house, the dimensions of which were 44.6 x 16.6 x 6.6, and office & barn, the dimensions of which were 29.6 x 17.6 x 7.0, and a stable, the dimensions of which were 8.6 x 11.0 x 6.0.Dromcomogue in the Parish of Emly, County Tipperary4
October 27, 1851Valuation data for the Townland of Drumcomogue is published in Griffith's Valuation of Ireland.Dromcomogue in the Parish of Emly, County Tipperary4
Last Edited6 Dec 2021


  1. [S16] Knocklong Catholic Church, Church Records for Knocklong Catholic Church.
  2. [S162] Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915, online http://www.ancestry.com, https://rootsireland.ie/ifhf/view_detail.php
  3. [S119] 1834 Tithe Applotment, Dublin, County Dublin, Dromcomogue Townland, County Limerick, Ireland.
  4. [S646] Griffith's Valuation of Ireland, online http://www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/index.xml